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The State Attorney poses with the youth of Lake County
The Lake County State's Attorney's Office is committed to battling issues that lead to the emotional and physical distress of youth in the area. It is our goal to provide a diverse set of resources that deal with subjects such as:
  • Being Safe at Home and/or School;
  • Bullying;
  • Gang Violence;
  • Healthy Relationships; and
  • Substance Abuse.

Who's your hero? Write an Essay...

Lake County State's Attorney's Office Hosts National Crime Victims' Rights Essay Contest for Youth

(Lake County, IL March 06, 2017) The Office of Lake County State's Attorney Michael G. Nerheim is hosting an essay contest in conjunction with its National Crime Victims' Rights Week program.

The program is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the College of Lake County Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington Street in Grayslake. The program will commence at 6pm. Resource tables will be available for the public beginning at 5:30pm. This year's National Crime Victims' Rights theme is Strength. Resilience. Justice.

Any student who has been a victim of a crime is invited to nominate someone who served as a "hero", helping them regain strength, resilience, and/or justice during this time. The selected essay will be featured during the aforementioned Victims' Rights Week program, and their nominee will be recognized.

The requirements to submit an essay are as follows:

• Must be a high school student in any Lake County school district

• Essay should be between 750 and 1,000 words in length

• Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on March 22nd

• The essay should discuss the person who helped the student, not what happened to the student.

• Essays will be evaluated on content-integration of one or more of the themes: strength, resilience, justice and a clear explanation of how the nominee helped the student gain one or more of these qualities.

Entries should be emailed to sbankston@lakecountyil.gov. The words "Essay Contest" should be placed in the subject line. In addition, essays must be received by 5 p.m. on March 22nd. For questions, please contact Sandra Bankston at (847) 377-3184. 

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  1. Bee Safe at Home/School

    Access resources that will help you to prevent youth suicide within your community.

  2. Gangs

    Learn what you can do to stop gang violence within your community.

  3. Girl-Wise Yearly Symposium

  4. Healthy Relationships

  5. Rise Above/Anti-Bullying

    Please take the time to identify various resources that will help to educate and eventually prevent the bullying of the Lake County youth.

  6. Substance Abuse

    Learn how to deal with teen substance abuse issues within your community.

  7. Youth Coloring Book